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Optimizing maintenance and improvements on the ARC 3.5-m telescope to maximize scientific return
Author(s): Mark A. Klaene
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Paper Abstract

The ARC 3.5-m telescope began operations in 1994. Shortly thereafter a program was undertaken by the observatory management and staff to improve durability, reliability, maintainability and improvements to the telescope and facility to reach the planned scientific potential of the telescope. This program is built around the minimal staffing level for the observatory. A maintenance plan was developed with the objectives of reducing down time and providing data consistency. Preventive maintenance was addressed with respect to preventing system failures and performance degradation. An online reporting system was established for staff and observers to report telescope and instrument problems. Two types of improvement plans were devised. The first was for ongoing improvements that could be handled with existing observatory resources. These improvements consisted of new or redesign of current systems and the support of visiting instruments. Collaborative visiting instruments are brought in to enhance the observatory cache. These instruments come in for 2 to 3 night observing runs and greatly increase the science benefit of the telescope by using the latest advances in scientific instruments. Finally an enhancement plan was established that provided for additional funding and technical support to design and instill new systems for the telescope and instrument upgrades.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4010, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return II, (25 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.392493
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Mark A. Klaene, Apache Point Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4010:
Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return II
Peter J. Quinn, Editor(s)

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